Play and Learn Preschool - the first step in your child's educational journey with Dassel-Cokato Schools

Registrations are being accepted for
2018-2019 Play and Learn Preschool
Early Childhood Screening is not required prior to preschool registration. 

  • 4 Star Parent Aware Awarded Program
  • All Sections 2 days per week
  • All Classes 3 hours each
  • 4 & 5 year old classes held at Dassel & Cokato Elementary Schools
  • 3 year old classes (3 by Sept. 1) held at the Early Childhood Center
  • FREE Transportation (4 & 5 year old classes only)
  • Licensed Teachers
  • Researched Based Curriculum
  • More information below!

Dassel-Cokato Play and Learn Preschool is your child's first step in his/her educational journey with Dassel-Cokato Schools! We are a public school readiness program for children ages 3 to 5. Understanding that young children learn best through play, your licensed early childhood teachers intentionally design the classroom environments to encourage play and exploration through play following research-based curriculum and the State of Minnesota Early Learning Standards. Play and Learn Preschool embraces curiosity and hands-on problem solving while providing children with daily opportunities for social and emotional development.

Play and Learn Preschool has been awarded the 4 Star Parent Aware Award!
Parent Aware helps families find the quality care and education their children need to succeed in school and life. One way they do that is through Parent Aware Star Ratings. Their One- to Four-Star Ratings allow families to easily identify early education programs using research-based best practices to prepare children for kindergarten. Programs who volunteer to be Rated are going above and beyond health and safety requirements and have:

  • Volunteered for extra, in-depth training
  • Devoted themselves to strong, caring relationships with each child
  • Adopted the latest approaches to keeping children’s learning on track
  • Committed to daily activities and routines that help children learn

State of MN Early Learning Standards
Our preschool teachers follow these research-based standards while planning lessons and classroom centers. This Minnesota Framework includes: Social & Emotional Development, Approaches to Learning, Language & Literacy Development, Creativity & the Arts, Cognitive Development, and Physical & Motor Development.

Everyday Math curriculum is used in our preschool classrooms as well as grades kindergarten through 4 throughout our school district. Everyday Math incorporates math into the day to day activities of the classroom. These hands-on, playful math activities are built to help our preschoolers explore math concepts such as: Counting, Measurement, Shapes, Patterning, Graphing, Number Concepts and Data Gathering. All this learning achieved through purposeful play!

4 year old preschoolers

Must by 4 by September 1
Choose location your child will attend for kindergarten
Free transportation is available, see more info below
Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs- 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Dassel Elementary - Mon & Thurs-12:15-3:15 p.m.
Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 8:00-11:00 a.m. 
Cokato Elementary - Tues & Fri - 12:10-3:10 p.m.

3 year old classes
Both sections held at the Early Childhood Center.
Must be 3 by Sept 1 & use restroom independently
  Mondays & Thursdays 8:15-11:15 a.m.
Tuesdays & Fridays 8:15-11:15 a.m.

FREE transportation is an option for the 4 & 5 year old preschool classes held at Dassel or Cokato Elementary Schools!
(NO transportation provided 
for 3 year old classes.) 
NOTE: Students choosing to use busing who live or will be transported to/from daycare from the:
North side of HWY 12 must enroll in an a.m. class
South side of HWY 12 must enroll in a p.m. class
If your child will NOT be using transportation you may register for either section.

Preschool Tuition:
$95 Monthly Installments OR $855 for the full year
Reduced tuition is available based on income eligibility guidelines. Please view the second page of the preschool registration form for more information about reduced preschool tuition. Reduced tuition rates are $72/month and $48/month. If reduced tuition is still a financial hardship scholarships may be available. Please call 320-286-4120 to inquire.
To find out if your family qualifies s
imply fill out the Application for Educational Benefits and return it to the Dassel-Cokato District Office M-F 7:00-4:00 or mail it to:
Attn: Tracy Clark
Dassel-Cokato School District Office
4852 Reardon Ave SW, Suite 1700
Cokato, MN 55321
Please call 320-286-4120 with any questions.

Visit the Dassel-Cokato Early Childhood Facebook page to see more pictures of the learning through intentional play that our preschoolers have been experiencing!

3 Easy Ways to Register: 
  • Online - click the mouse above
  • By phone with a credit card payment for the registration fee (320-286-4120)
  • In person at the Early Childhood Center.

2017-2018 Application for Educational Benefits 
(Used to determine reduced preschool tuition.)

Preschool Staff
Becky Baatz, Sally Belgum-Blad, Betty Westrum, Suzie Robben, Vicky Sager, Katie Quaas, Krista Cates, Kathy Lundeen, Tracy Rickeman, Sarah Polzin, Barb Harder (not pictured Steph Caron and Shannon Miller)

Cokato 4's & Mon/Thurs 3's Preschool Staff
Becky Baatz (paraprofessional), Kathy Lundeen (speech pathologist), Vicky Sager (paraprofessional), Katie Quaas (licensed teacher), Tracy Rickeman (ECSE teacher)

Dassel 4's & Tues/Fri 3's Preschool Staff
Suzie Robben (licensed teacher), Betty Westrup (paraprofessional), Sarah Polzin (paraprofessional), Barb Harder (speech pathologist)